Gabriel Agbonlahor says Aston Villa remain focused on improving league standing

Gabriel Agbonlahor: Hoping Aston Villa can start picking up points in the Premier League

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Gabriel Agbonlahor says Aston Villa will be putting cup dreams to one side as they go in search of much-needed points.

Villa booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, with a 3-2 victory over Swindon Town edging them a step closer to Wembley and setting up a quarter-final meeting with Norwich.

The Premier League remains their bread and butter, though, and a slow start has left Paul Lambert's men with work to do.

Agbonlahor recognises as much and hopes midweek success in knockout competition can carry Villa to their second league win of the season when they go to Sunderland on Saturday.

He said: "Hopefully this win will give us some confidence but we're not thinking about Wembley right now.

"We've got a lot of young players. Everyone is gelling together, and a cup run can lift spirits.

"We hadn't won for a few games and that Swindon win will give us a boost. Hopefully we can take that into the Sunderland game."


Agbonlahor has also backed summer signing Christian Benteke to continue delivering the goods for Villa, with the 21-year-old having made a positive start to life in England.

He said: "People were surprised when he first came here that he has that physical stature at his age.

"He is still learning his trade but, game by game, it is clear he will just get better and better.

"When you've got a striker like Christian, who can finish those chances, it is a big boost.

"It's in his game to win a lot of aerial balls. He is only 21 and you can tell he will get better and better."